The doctors in Nigeria have today make the situation of things in the country worse by embarking on an indefinite strike. Already, Abuja doctors have begun to strike while calling on their colleagues to join in the protest over non-payment of salary as the coronavirus scare continues.
As different countries are working around the globe to pool resources together in combating the novel Covid-19 outbreak, doctors in Abuja, on Tuesday has announced their decision to proceed on an “indefinite strike”.
The Abuja chapter of The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), announced their decision a few minutes ago after the third incident of Coronavirus was announced by the CDC in Lagos, Nigeria.
The doctors said they deliberated thoroughly on the health threat posed by the Covid-19 scare, on their lives and that of their loved ones, their working environments and conditions, and the patient care before deciding on the “difficult decision.”
In a statement signed by the president of the association, Roland Aigbovo, the mass-action strike emanated from the failure of the Federal Capital Territory administration to pay their two months’ basic salaries. He further expressed concerns about the state of the workers’ health and financial distress because of the non-payment of their due salaries in spite of repeated warnings and several ultimatums, all to nothing.
He said there has been inconsistency in the payment of health workers since the integration of the IPPIS (Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System) into the worker’s payment system by the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Starting from the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) in Abuja, there are signs that other doctors across the nation will soon embark on an indefinite strike as well.
Mr. Aigbovo encourages other doctors who are in the same situation to join the strike within 48 hours if their salary demands were not meet.
Our prayer is that the government will react swiftly to this before the matter gets out of hand and other Nigerian doctors join in the mass-action protest…Abuja doctors know why they are doing this and they have made their plight known, and their colleagues from other states must not be allowed to join them to protect the lives of the citizens.